There are many things to do and see in culturally rich Spain. Whether you’re traveling to Barcelona, Pamplona, Madrid, or San Sebastian, you cannot get away from the tantalizing sight and aroma of Spain’s exquisite food.
During your trek through Spain, you will fall in love with its architecture, culture, and the variety of menu choices. Although there are hundreds of menu items to choose from, here are five meals that represent the tastiest of the tastiest. They are all made with the freshest ingredients that help to make each dish taste its best. Don’t forget to try these excellent dishes during your travels. If you don’t, you will truly be missing something special.
Paella – If you like seafood, you’ll love paella. This rice dish is made with clams, mussels, shrimp, chicken, and a blend of herbs and spices. Many agree that the best paella comes from Valencia, which is on the coast of Spain. Whether your paella is made with seafood or vegetables, you are in for a treat. This is one recipe that you will be making when you return home.
Tapas – Since dinner is usually served late at night, this popular meal can be served as a snack or as a main course. The plates are small but are filled with your choice of seafood, potato, or meat. The variety of tapas is endless. If you fill up on tapas, be sure to save room for dessert.
Cocido – This hearty stew is considered to be one of Spain’s national dishes. To be truly authentic, cocido should be slow-cooked all day long. Some of the components include smoked sausage, beef, pork, chicken, cabbage, and chickpeas. The infusion of these ingredients makes for a taste sensation that you will long remember after you’ve returned home.
Natillas – This is definitely the one dessert that you should save room for. It is Spanish custard that tastes of cinnamon and vanilla. Not only is it easy to make, the velvety smooth texture of the natillas will dance across your tongue like a ballerina and have you asking for more.
Tortilla Espanola – Also known as a Spanish omelet and is made with potatoes, onions, and eggs. You can quickly make this inexpensive meal and serve it as an appetizer (tapa) or main course. This delicious concoction is easy to carry and can be made into a lunchtime sandwich.
For more delicious authentic recipes, check out Bottger Mansion of Old Town and their recipes.